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Simple Blood Test Could Revolutionize Schizophrenia Diagnosis

March 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An inexpensive blood test to diagnose schizophrenia could be made available within two years, offering a groundbreaking alternative to conventional methods that rely on conversations between patients and doctors. Schizophrenia is a serious...

Could Future Devices Read Images from Our Brains?

March 3, 2014 12:01 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

As an expert on cutting-edge digital displays, Mary Lou Jepsen studies how to show our most creative ideas on screens. And as a brain surgery patient herself, she is driven to know more about the neural activity that underlies invention...

Coating Could Prevent Blood Clots Associated with Implanted Devices

March 3, 2014 11:11 am | by Matthew Chin, UCLA | News | Comments

A team of researchers from UCLA and the University of Michigan has developed a material that could help prevent blood clots associated with catheters, heart valves, vascular grafts and other implanted biomedical devices. Blood clots at or...

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Shaky Hand, Stable Spoon: Device Helps Essential Tremor Patients

February 28, 2014 1:40 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

For people whose hands shake uncontrollably due to a medical condition, just eating can be a frustrating and embarrassing ordeal – enough to keep them from sharing a meal with others. But a small new study conducted at the University of...

Can the Damaged Brain Repair Itself?

February 28, 2014 12:02 pm | Videos | Comments

After a traumatic brain injury, it sometimes happens that the brain can repair itself, building new brain cells to replace damaged ones. But the repair doesn't happen quickly enough to allow recovery from degenerative conditions like motor...

Medical Device Platforms: Times They Are a Changin’

February 27, 2014 11:54 am | by Renjith Ponnappan, Product Manager, eInfochips | Blogs | Comments

What do a BMW, a fridge and a portable ultrasound have in common? Ten years ago the answer would have been “nothing”, but the answer now is “low-power GPµs” spawned from the world of mobile phones. Ten years ago the answer would have been...

Optoswitches Turn Pain Off and Sight On

February 27, 2014 10:34 am | by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich | News | Comments

All modes of sensory perception are based on communication between nerve cells. Both the response to the primary stimulus and the transmission of the resulting signal depend on the function of specialized receptor proteins that are associated...

Gamma Knife Helps Patients with Painful Facial Nerve Disorder

February 27, 2014 10:28 am | by Beaumont Health System | News | Comments

Research by Beaumont Health System radiation oncologists and neurosurgeons found that symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia, or TN, a nerve disorder causing severe facial pain, were reduced in those treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery...

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Gemalto Delivers Secure Connectivity for Innovative Health and Wellness M2M Hub

February 26, 2014 12:46 pm | by Gemalto | News | Comments

Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, announces its Cinterion M2M technology is providing secure wireless connectivity for a next generation smart health and wellness M2M hub, developed by Vignet Corp. This award-winning and cost...

Researchers Generate New Neurons in Brains, Spinal Cords of Living Adult Mammals Without Stem Cell Transplants

February 25, 2014 12:12 pm | by UT Southwestern | News | Comments

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells. Although the research indicates it may someday be possible...

‘Lighting Up’ Tumors with Scorpion Venom and a Laser

February 25, 2014 12:04 pm | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | News | Comments

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute and Department of Neurosurgery have developed a unique, compact, relatively inexpensive imaging device to "light up" malignant brain tumors and other cancers. The experimental...

Photos of the Day: Brain Stimulating Glove

February 25, 2014 10:25 am | by RUBIN | News | Comments

Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a glove that uses weak electrical pulses to stimulate the nerve fibers that connect the hands with the brain. If applied regularly, that kind of passive stimulation results in an...

Stimulation Glove for Stroke Patients

February 25, 2014 10:21 am | by Ruhr-Universität Bochum | News | Comments

Improving the sense of touch and motor skills without active training – what sounds impossible, does actually work. Neuroscientists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have developed a glove that uses weak electrical pulses to stimulate the nerve...

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‘Home’ Is Where the Heart Is (Part 2)

February 24, 2014 2:19 pm | by Tony Zarola, Strategic Marketing Manager, Healthcare | Articles | Comments

Many reports, papers, and studies have been written about the benefits of remote health monitoring, but when you look at the number of companies and institutions that are investing time and energy incorporating VSM (vital sign monitoring)...

Researchers Find That Going with the Flow Makes Bacteria Stick

February 24, 2014 11:17 am | by David Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In a surprising new finding, researchers have discovered that bacterial movement is impeded in flowing water, enhancing the likelihood that the microbes will attach to surfaces. The new work could have implications for the study of marine...

Interactive Motion Technologies InMotion Robots Used to Identify Novel Biomarkers of Motor Recovery

February 24, 2014 9:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Interactive Motion Technologies, global leader in Redefining Recovery using robotic tools for neurorehabilitation, has announced publication of results from a ground-breaking study identifying biomarkers of motor recovery in Stroke, Journal...

Survey Reveals Real World Impact of Medical Device Tax

February 21, 2014 12:22 pm | by AdvaMed | News | Comments

The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) has released new survey results examining the first-year impact of the medical device excise tax. The survey found a significant reduction in jobs, R&D, and U.S. investment. To...

New Apps May Help Detect Seizures, Treat Strokes

February 21, 2014 10:57 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Two new smart phone applications may help people detect epileptic seizures and get better stroke treatment, according to two studies released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual Meeting in...  

Researchers Regenerate Sound-Sensing Cells in the Ears of Mice with Hearing Damage

February 20, 2014 2:52 pm | by Cell Press | News | Comments

One of the major causes of hearing loss in mammals is damage to the sound-sensing hair cells in the inner ear. For years, scientists have thought that these cells are not replaced once they're lost, but new research appearing online February...

The Connected Person and Healthcare

February 19, 2014 1:30 pm | by Alpesh Shah, Director of Global Business Strategy and Intelligence, IEEE Standards Association | Blogs | Comments

The advent of technology has pushed the concepts of healthcare to a different level. Areas of healthcare (diagnostic, well-being, assisted living) are benefitting from these technological advances today and for the unforeseeable future...

Can You Boost Your Brain Power Through Video?

February 19, 2014 11:42 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

Watching video of simple tasks before carrying them out may boost the brain's structure, or plasticity, and increase motor skills, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 66th Annual...

Editorial Guidance

February 18, 2014 1:49 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

I’m pleased to introduce the members of MDT’s first editorial advisory board. Representing the industry from supplier to medical device OEM to consultant, I’ve reached out to these individuals to help me tailor the scope of MDT’s editorial...

Finding Ways to Detect and Treat Alzheimer's Disease

February 18, 2014 12:25 pm | by American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease has long been marked by progress -- but not the kind of progress the medical community seeks. It is the most common form of dementia among older Americans, and its risk increases with increasing age; for those living with...

Thinking It Through: Scientists Seek to Unlock Mysteries of the Brain

February 18, 2014 12:13 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest challenges facing 21st century science. If we can rise to this challenge, we will gain profound insights into what makes us human, develop new treatments for brain diseases, and build...

How Well do Football Helmets Protect Players from Concussions?

February 18, 2014 11:55 am | by American Academy of Neurology | News | Comments

A new study finds that football helmets currently used on the field may do little to protect against hits to the side of the head, or rotational force, an often dangerous source of brain injury and encephalopathy. The study released today...

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